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    In my street there are 2 large road "humps" which have been there since the houses were built. Can I write a letter to the council asking for them to be removed? reason why is that they have damaged the steering racks in 2 of my mum and dads cars (one steering rack was replaced, the other car is out of warranty so will cost £1000 for a new one) and I don't want my car ending up the same way.

    Could they remove it?

    My street is a dead end and no one drives fast down it so I don't see the need for them

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    Try driving over them slowly and carefully!!!!! simples!

    they have been removed quite a bit around by us because of different problems, mine was it is know for problems with bulbs my headlight had to replaced several times

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    nlambert;6145606

    Try driving over them slowly and carefully!!!!! simples!



    these are kerb height humps, there massive!

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    octobergirl;6145620

    they have been removed quite a bit around by us because of different … they have been removed quite a bit around by us because of different problems, mine was it is know for problems with bulbs my headlight had to replaced several times



    did anyone write a letter or anythin?

    i wonder if gettin people to sign a petition in my street would help

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    cribert;6145640

    did anyone write a letter or anythin?i wonder if gettin people to sign … did anyone write a letter or anythin?i wonder if gettin people to sign a petition in my street would help



    sure I could only see a point in them if the limit was 20mph in the street, rat run for commuters or a through road.

    are they humps or speed bumps?

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    lumoruk;6145656

    sure I could only see a point in them if the limit was 20mph in the … sure I could only see a point in them if the limit was 20mph in the street, rat run for commuters or a through road.



    yea, its a small street that comes to a dead end! i dont understand why they were put there in th first place!

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    landofdan;6145661

    are they humps or speed bumps?



    speed bumps.... whats the difference? ill take a pic

    I'd definitely poll the neighbours and see if there's general agreement to get them removed or even replaced with somthing less damaging. Check that they are sized in accordance with the guidelines that would add weight to your arguments.

    Sorry I didn't see the picture before posting - that looks to be quite a gentle 'bump' compared to those round our way. BUT: looking carefully it seems the ramps either side sag - perhaps all the brick-work has settled so the ramp will be much sharper than probably intended. Being a 20mph limit I think you'd be lucky to get them removed - good luck.

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    wombat6025;6145710

    I'd definitely poll the neighbours and see if there's general agreement … I'd definitely poll the neighbours and see if there's general agreement to get them removed or even replaced with somthing less damaging. Check that they are sized in accordance with the guidelines that would add weight to your arguments.



    ive never seen any like them, cheers for the advice:thumbsup:

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    tinkerbell28;6145727

    I can't see the issue with them if you drive over them properly at the … I can't see the issue with them if you drive over them properly at the speed limit which is 20, loads round here, no one has issues with them:thinking:



    they dont look big from the pictures, and my family dont drive fast. 20 mph is too fast to go over them at, 5mph and u still feel a jolt:thinking:

    you would need to get signatures from the rest of your neighbours and then present them to your local council

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    adanac1970;6145761

    you would need to get signatures from the rest of your neighbours and … you would need to get signatures from the rest of your neighbours and then present them to your local council



    i dont think that would be a problem:thumbsup:

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    tinkerbell28;6145774

    Yeah I know, we have loads round here of that type, I swear you have … Yeah I know, we have loads round here of that type, I swear you have never seen as many speed humps/ or cameras on 20mph limits than you do round here it's crazy, we have never had any problems with our cars, it's odd:thinking:



    i think its because the cars both have stiff suspension so its heavy going on the steering rack. if they even smoothed them out a bit it would be fine, just that these humps are like steps

    cribert;6145747

    they dont look big from the pictures, and my family dont drive fast. 20 … they dont look big from the pictures, and my family dont drive fast. 20 mph is too fast to go over them at, 5mph and u still feel a jolt:thinking:



    They aren't big; but the brick part has definitely settled and that makes the jolt - if the brick could be re-instated level with the grey 'kerb' stones either-side they'd probably be fine.

    I always think its strange that in more affluent areas the bumps are tiny and in working areas they are like the titanic.Lobby your Ward councillors office first they usually have an office in the council offices or an open day every fortnight and be prepared for a long battle.

    In my area you need 20 signatures and this apparently is enough to involve the local MP

    HHMMM damaged steering rack,,,,,Dead kids ,,,, which is best ,,,,,?

    OP sounds like someones got the hump:whistling:

    tonyg1962;6146191

    HHMMM damaged steering rack,,,,,Dead kids ,,,, which is best ,,,,,?



    I have NEVER come across any speed control system (in the road) that increases child safety - people slowing down and speeding up around even well designed 'humps' or restrictions are paying attention to their speed and the road surface not kids playing in the street. Badly designed and executed restrictions (like the OPs ) are far less safe, (those that cause least disturbance when travelling in excess of the speed limit are sheer lunacy).

    If you can prove me wrong post pictures and facts. :whistling:

    Lol how can you prove that someone hasnt been run over :whistling:

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    tonyg1962;6147834

    Lol how can you prove that someone hasnt been run over :whistling:



    at the end of the day all i want is for them to smooth out the humps

    cribert;6149503

    at the end of the day all i want is for them to smooth out the humps



    Yep smooth humps (if that's not a contradiction) aren't so bad - just so long as you can travel over them comfortably at the speed limit or a little below.

    I think rkmayars advice sounds like a way to go...
    rkmayar;6146088

    ...Lobby your Ward councillors office first they usually have an office … ...Lobby your Ward councillors office first they usually have an office in the council offices or an open day every fortnight and be prepared for a long battle.In my area you need 20 signatures and this apparently is enough to involve the local MP

    They are not so welcome if you are unlucky enough to be transported by ambulance and they have to go over several. I have also wondered about the repeated vibration effect on house foundations.
    If there was a successful expensive court case it might cause a change of attitude.
    As people have stated ITT there is a difference in the number and size of the humps between affluent and less affluent areas. So no standard approach from councils then. I am all in favour of road safety but in my area bike and skateboards and council cleaning vehicles travel on the pavements probably at sppeds up to 20 or 30 miles an hour and nothing seems to be done about that. Pavements all cracked and look like an assault course.

    cribert;6145640

    did anyone write a letter or anythin?i wonder if gettin people to sign … did anyone write a letter or anythin?i wonder if gettin people to sign a petition in my street would help



    I think all the road signed a petition:thumbsup:

    tinkerbell28;6152751

    What a load of tosh, I live out in the country and the average price of a … What a load of tosh, I live out in the country and the average price of a house in my village is 1.2 million, we have loads of large speedbumps around here, why because what with it being a village out in the country people use it as the Nurberg ring.Go into the city centre there is also loads of speed bumps in the council estate areas, all of the smaller variety, where it's hard to get over them as all the chav wagons are parked in a bad manner, oppsoite each other on double yellows, etc,etc.



    Tinks I was referring to more affluent areas in the towns citys and suburban areas ( my error I should have quantified ) not the countryside.If i lived in a vllage with houses at 1.2 I certainly would be lobbying to have large humps removed and replaced with 30 mph painted limits on the road surfaces with speed cameras as they do in the pricey areas round my way.

    Also the comment about chav cars parked on estates is unfair since we are talking dense living areas serving mutiple occupancies and not country villages where there is more livestock than people.

    Perghaps we should have a system akin to Canada where they have compulsory stop signs on certain roads where you have to stop and pause whether there is traffic or not for 5-10 seconds and if you dont and are spotted there is an instant fine.

    rkmayar;6163622

    Tinks I was referring to more affluent areas in the towns citys and urban … Tinks I was referring to more affluent areas in the towns citys and urban areas not the countryside.If i lived in a vllage with houses at 1.2 I certainly would be lobbying to have large humps removed and replaced with 30 mph painted limits on the road surfaces with speed cameras as they do in the pricey areas round my way.Also the comment about chav cars parked on estates is unfair since we are talking dense living areas serving mutiple occupancies and not country villages where there is more livestock than people.Perghaps we should have a system akin to Canada where they have compulsory stop signs on certain roads where you have to stop and pause whether there is traffic or not for 5-10 seconds and if you dont and are spotted there is an instant fine.



    We have stop signs too...

    pghstochaj;6164709

    We have stop signs too...



    Akin to Canada?

    [QUOTE=tinkerbell28;6166089]Yes there is a STOP sign at the end of my residential road, there is also one on one corner of the village square, it's the highwaycode!!
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    In Canada STOP/ARETE signs are pretty much the norm and drivers are very aware of contravening them.A single street with multiple exits can have many stop signs along the way.In UK they are not the norm!! irrespective of the highway code.

    Many of the villages I have passed thru clearly show a restricted speed limit and often placed near the Village name.with road markings .It appears you have stop signs ,speed cameras, and large humps ,which must spoil the area in order to discourage road racers. a real shame indeed , ........ but to return to the Op question a reduction or removal of the humps can only be achieved by using other forms of deterrent and cameras with clear road markings do have that effect over a limited distance

    .I leave it open to suggestion what other methods could be adopted and most people have little objection to small humps but quite a few are truly mountainous and these are generally more common in some areas than others.
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